Month: January 2018

New release review: Stellar stories from Tachyon

Posted January 31, 2018 by Lory in brief reviews / 8 Comments
New release review: Stellar stories from Tachyon

This season, three fantasy masters have story collections out from Tachyon Publications — a splendid opportunity to feast yourself on a rich assortment of weird, funny, whimsical, lyrical, dark, thought-provoking tales that beautifully explore the full range of our imaginative landscape. If any of these are among your favorite authors, you will surely want to […]

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New Release Review: Walking with Our Children

Posted January 28, 2018 by Lory in reviews / 2 Comments
New Release Review: Walking with Our Children

Nancy Blanning, Walking with Our Children (2017) Purchase Walking with Our Children from the WECAN bookstore, and you’ll benefit a wonderful organization. The book is also available on Amazon. During the ten years I served as managing editor for the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN), I had the privilege of working with […]

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Classics Club Spin: Don Quixote, Part I

Posted January 24, 2018 by Lory in reviews / 14 Comments
Classics Club Spin: Don Quixote, Part I

Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote, Part I (1605) For the last Classics Club spin book, I drew Don Quixote, which I’ve been meaning to read for quite some time. I did read an abridged version in high school, but I remember absolutely nothing about it except the Quentin Blake drawing on the cover. (Does anyone […]

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Can I stop acquiring books?

Posted January 21, 2018 by Lory in discussions / 57 Comments
Can I stop acquiring books?

Last week, I described how I tidied my bookshelves according to the “KonMari” method, and how I’m dealing with the problem of unread books, which are piling up at a rate that is uncomfortable for me. Rather than doing as tidying guru Marie Kondo suggests and discarding them all, I decided to put them on […]

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New Release Review: The Girl in the Tower

Posted January 17, 2018 by Lory in reviews / 16 Comments
New Release Review: The Girl in the Tower

Katherine Arden, The Girl in the Tower (2017) The Bear and the Nightingale was one of my favorite books of 2017, and just shy of one year later author Katherine Arden has produced a sequel — greatly pleasing those of us who are weary of waiting years for a follow-up book. And I’m glad to […]

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Trying to Understand Part 6: The Populist Explosion

Posted January 14, 2018 by Lory in reviews / 14 Comments
Trying to Understand Part 6: The Populist Explosion

John B. Judis, The Populist Explosion (2016) This is part 6 in an ongoing series exploring books that address the current political, social, and economic situation in the US. Part 1: The Unwinding  Part 2: Dark Money Part 3: Strangers In Their Own Land  Part 4: Listen, Liberal Part 5: Hillbilly Elegy and White Trash A year […]

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A tour of my tidied bookshelves

Posted January 11, 2018 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 47 Comments
A tour of my tidied bookshelves

After reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I got all inspired to try the “KonMari” method for streamlining my life and keeping only items that “spark joy.” Clothing was the first category, and that went well, so I was ready to move on to the next: books. And once again, I loved it! I […]

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Book Blog Discussion Challenge

Posted January 8, 2018 by Lory in challenges / 6 Comments
Book Blog Discussion Challenge

Continuing a spate of year-end/beginning posts, here’s my official sign-up post for the 2018 incarnation of the Book Blog Discussion Challenge, hosted by Feed your Fiction Addiction and It Starts at Midnight. If you’ve not participated in this challenge before, please consider joining! It’s a great way to share fun topics with your fellow book […]

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Month in Review: December 2017

Posted January 7, 2018 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 26 Comments
Month in Review: December 2017

  Following yesterday’s post and giveaway celebrating my fourth blogoversary, I have to go back in time to review last December. After a busy and very full November, I took it easier last month with fewer reviews and a break over Christmas. Life also stepped in with some crises that took a lot of time […]

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